Daily Archives: 29/07/2019

Russia: Alexei Navalny: the lawyer standing up to Putin

July 29, 2019

Alexei Navalny has been challenging Vladimir Putin's grip on power in Russia for the past decade

A charismatic anti-corruption campaigner, Alexei Navalny has been Russia’s leading opposition politician for around a decade, determined to challenge Vladimir Putin’s grip on power despite frequent prison stays and even damage to his health.

The Yale-educated 43-year-old lawyer has been banned from state television and was barred from challenging Putin in a presidential election last year.

He has often been jailed and physically attacked, but has vowed to press ahead with his campaign to change Russia for the better.

Navalny has won a young fan base through viral videos exposing corruption among the elites and has more than two million followers on Twitter.

He has grabbed attention with his uncompromising rhetoric and coined phrases such as the “party of crooks and thieves” to slam the ruling party United Russia.

In 2011, the anti-corruption blogger led mass protests when tens of thousands took to the streets of Moscow to protest against vote-rigging in parliamentary elections.

Two years later the father of two stood for Moscow mayor, coming second against Putin ally Sergei Sobyanin.

In 2017, he accused Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of massive corruption in a YouTube documentary. That kick-started a fresh wave of protests across the country that was met with police violence and mass arrests.

The same year he had to travel to Spain for surgery after one of several street attacks left him nearly blind in one eye.

– Brother jailed –

Navalny has faced a series of legal cases, which supporters see as punishment for his activism.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190729-alexei-navalny-lawyer-standing-putin

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/29/russian-opposition-leader-alexei-navalny-may-have-been-poisoned-says-doctor

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-police-arrest-thousands-in-moscow-after-election-officials-ban-opposition-candidates-city-council/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49144327

https://www.ft.com/content/3910a908-aebb-11e9-8030-530adfa879c2

https://www.france24.com/en/20190725-russia-alexei-navalny-vladimir-putin-jail-police-crackdown-opposition

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/russia-putin-navalny-poison-protests-violence-arrests-a9025821.html

https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/30/russian-court-rejects-kremlin-critic-navalnys-early-release-appeal

Doctor of Russia’s opposition leader accuses Moscow hospital of cover-up as he is cleared for prison

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Navalny

https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2019/07/29/russie-l-opposant-navalny-victime-d-un-possible-empoisonnement_1742655 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.europe1.fr/international/russie-lopposant-alexei-navalny-a-ete-empoisonne-selon-son-avocate-3912059 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/07/29/russie-alexei-navalny-transfere-a-l-hopital-pour-une-allergie-bizarre_5494566_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-internacional-49152163 (ESPANOL)

https://www.cisiamo.info/mondo/2019/07/29/alexei-navalny-dimesso-ospedale/ (ITALIANO)

https://ultimosegundo.ig.com.br/mundo/2019-07-29/opositor-de-governo-russo-pode-ter-sido-envenenado.html (PORTUGUES)

http://br.rfi.fr/mundo/20190729-advogada-de-opositor-russo-alexei-navalny-confirma-denuncia-de-envenenamento (PORTUGUES)

The Philippines: Yet another lawyer gunned down by motorcycle assassins in Bukidnon

July 29, 2019

A lawyer who was supposed to attend a hearing in Malaybalay City on Monday (July 29) was gunned down by still unknown assailants at Barangay Poblacion in Valencia City, Bukidnon province late on Sunday (July 28), police said.

Lawyer Nicolas Gomez, who grew up in Davao City but had been renting a house at Barangay Poblacion in Valencia City, was gunned down by suspects aboard an XRM motorcycle which had no license plate, said Valencia police chief Col. Surki Sereñas.

Gomez, 67, was supposed to attend a hearing at the Malaybalay Regional Trial Court (RTC).

He was brought to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Gomez, who entered the Philippine Bar in 1978, largely practiced his profession in Quezon City.

Yet another lawyer gunned down by motorcycle assassins in Bukidnon

Court junks rights lawyers’ plea for protection

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/29/19/ibp-demands-probe-into-negros-lawyers-slay

India: 3.5 lakh lawyers in UP go on strike demanding safer working conditions

July 29, 2019

The lawyers have also demanded that they be provided better security in order to allow them to discharge their duties without fear. (Representational Image/ File photo)

About 3.5 lakh lawyers across Uttar Pradesh have struck work and called a statewide protest over a host of issues which include safer working conditions and better compensation for deceased families, among others.The strike has been called by Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, the lawyers are also upset with the annual budget given by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government. The lawyers have also demanded that they be provided better security in order to allow them to discharge their duties without fear.

The protest comes on a day the body of a 35-year-old lawyer was found from the Ganga river in Muzaffarnagar’s Hasvala village, four days after he went missing. Speaking to PTI, Miranpur Police Station in-charge Pankaj Tyagi said that deceased Mohit Sharma had been missing since July 25, 2019. The police officials suspect that Sharma committed suicide by jumping into the river.

Earlier this year, the cold-blooded murder of Darwesh Yadav, the first woman bar council president in Uttar Pradesh sent shockwaves across the country. She was murdered allegedly by her own colleague Manish Sharma. Sharma pumped three bullets and later committed suicide. There have been sporadic incidents of attacks on members of the legal fraternity.

Across several states, lawyers have resorted to similar measures to press the government for their demands.

https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/3-5-lakh-lawyers-in-up-go-on-strike-demanding-safer-working-conditions/1659131/

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/lakh-lawyers-uttar-pradesh-hold-strike-work-condition-protection-1574628-2019-07-29

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=609583

https://npnews24.com/2019/07/29/over-3-5-lakh-lawyers-in-up-go-on-strike/

http://www.uniindia.com/lawyers-in-up-to-go-on-1-day-strike-over-long-pending-demands/north/news/1681300.html

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/chandigarh/lawyers-continue-protest-against-haryana-tribunal/809944.html

https://www.abpganga.com/prayagraj/up-lawyers-will-on-strike-on-july-29-15790 (HINDI)

https://www.amarujala.com/uttar-pradesh/allahabad/lawyers-goes-on-strike-in-prayagraj (HINDI)

https://www.amarujala.com/uttar-pradesh/bahraich/lawyers-protest-against-pending-demands-bahraich-news-lko473533027 (HINDI)

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Cameroon: Treatment of Ambazonians: Gendarmes attack Southern Cameroons lawyer in Yaounde

July 28, 2019

Treatment of Ambazonians: Gendarmes attack Southern Cameroons lawyer in Yaounde

A Southern Cameroons lawyer was reportedly beaten by two Francophone gendarmes in the Biyem Assi neighborhood in Yaounde. Barrister Amungwa was unconscious and seen lying on the Gendarmerie hilux that transported him to unknown destination.

Southern Cameroons Communications Secretary, Milton Taka who confirmed the news to our London desk observed that nowhere is safe for Amabzonians anymore in La Republique du Cameroun.

Cameroon Concord News understands Barrister Amungwa is the head of the Communication team for the detained Southern Cameroons leaders. He organises all the press conferences and print media publications pertaining to the trial of President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and his top aides.

Treatment of Ambazonians: Gendarmes attack Southern Cameroons lawyer in Yaounde

Gendarmes in Yaounde mercilessly torture lawyer defending Sisiku Ayuk and Co.

Cameroon Lawyer Defending Anglophone Separatists Beaten, Goes Unconscious, Dumped Behind Gendarmerie Hilux In Yaounde.

Nigeria: Court declares lawyer’s detention unlawful, orders NDLEA to pay N50m damages

July 28, 2019

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Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court has declared the arrest, abduction, dehumanisation and detention of a Lagos-based lawyer, Chiedu Nweke, by the officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Enugu State, as illegal, unlawful and null and void.

The court also ordered the agency to pay the sum of N 20 million  as general damages and N 30 million as exemplary damages in favour of the lawyer.

Justice  Buba gave the verdict while ruling on the Fundamental Rights Enforcement suit filed by Nweke against the NDLEA, its officer, Peter Udemgba, and the Attorney-General of the Federation to court over allegation of unlawful arrest, abduction, dehumanisation, detention, forcible extortion and robbery.

In the ruling, the court held  that the actions of NDLEA and its officers contravened Nweke’s right to freedom of movement, right to his dignity and his right to liberty.

Court declares lawyer’s detention unlawful, orders NDLEA to pay N50m damages

https://allafrica.com/stories/201907270094.html

https://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/court-declares-ndlea%E2%80%99s-abduction-detention-extortion-of-lagos-based-lawyer-illegal-unlawful-%E2%80%93-thisdaylive.398663/

NDLEA officers accused of abducting, robbing Lagos lawyer